As it’s our 25th wedding anniversary in June and my wife’s 50th birthday in July as a special treat I am planning on booking a 10 night break in CSS without her knowledge as a birthday surprise (hopefully she will only find out the destination when we have to book in at the airport)
However in order to pull off the surprise and for me to make suitable plans and advise her what to pack it would help if any of you could answer some of my questions
First of all will we need any Vaccinations (we are from the UK).
Do I need to book the Airport Lounge on the island for our inward and outward journeys or is it taken care of by Couples?
So I know what we need to pack clothes wise, what is the weather like in mid to late July – presume it will be hot but does it rain at all, is it light or heavy in an evening (in Florida we had a thunderstorm virtually every night around 5pm) and if so do we need umbrellas, rain macs or are they supplied by the hotel. Also, is it just the bookable restaurants that you have to wear trousers or can you wear decent tailored shorts and does my wife have to wear a dress or can she wear a skirt or shorts?
Although its many years ago that we used to frequent beaches for an all over tan (and it may take a bit of encouragement for me to get my wife to go to the Au Nat beach now she is a lot older and more body conscious) I was wondering what time the beach, pool and pool bar open as we are normally in the sun by about 8:30am and I wondered do people cover up when having lunch?. Also I have read that people come over for the sunset at 5pm – what time is sunset in July as 5pm seems very early.
I have seen a lot of reviews where people say you need to stay in a certain block to be close to the beach or the bar or if you want to be in a quiet location etc – how big is the resort? Eg how many minutes would it take to walk from the furthest block to the beach or one end of the resort to the other?
In the rooms do we get things like soap, shampoo, etc or do we bring our own and as they are heavy and fill up a suitcase do we have towels in the room which we can take to the beach or can we pick them up by the pool or beach each day (even at 8:30am). Are there a lot of plug sockets or do we need to bring an extension lead? Are there hairdryers and are they powerful as my wife has long hair so it can take a while to dry and style.
I notice there is a Safe in the room – how big is it as I will have my camera and camcorder with me and probably a small laptop as well as passports etc that would need to go in them and are they key lock able or are they coded?
With regards money – are all trips included free or do we pay for them?, Are drinks from the in room mini bar and any cocktails in the bars free? If not how do we pay for them, do we pay by cash or card during the holiday or settle up at departure?
Finally we both like to snorkel – if we don’t bring our own can we hire them in resort and again are they free or is there a cost? And when in the water, I presume the reef will have a variety of fish but is there anything that may think we are a tasty bite? When we were in the Maldives the local sharks were black tipped reefed sharks and quite harmless but there were Trigger fish that were very aggressive and had very sharp teeth.
Also any other tips or things I may have forgotten?